How to help those impacted by Hurricane Dorian

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Local and national agencies are making plans to aid in recovery efforts after Hurricane Dorian.

News 3 has gathered a list of ways to help, whether it be monetary or supply donations.

American Red Cross

Nexstar, WSAV’s parent company, is teaming up with the Red Cross to make it easy for people to make donations. You can join us in supporting their recovery efforts online here. Donors can also call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text the word DORIAN to 90999 to give $10.

Red Cross officials say that on average, for every dollar their organization receives, 91 cents goes back to the specified response recovery and the preparedness effort for disasters. The other 9 cents goes towards administrative costs.

Severe weather like Hurricane Dorian has forced the cancellation of blood drives and decrease donor turnout in affected areas. In South Carolina, the storm forced cancellations of dozens of Red Cross blood drives and donation centers resulting in nearly 1,100 uncollected blood and platelet donations.

To meet the needs in these impacted areas and throughout the country, the Red Cross asks individuals to give blood if it is safe to do so. There is a need for blood and platelet donations right now. Appointments can be made by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Mercy Chefs

Mercy Chefs, a non-profit group that provides hot meals to those in need, has spent the majority of the past year near the panhandle of Florida as the region still recovers from Hurricane Michael. Now, they are assisting citizens in the Bahamas affected by Dorian.

Find out more about the organization and make a donation online here.

Savannah Aviation

Savannah Aviation, which provides aircraft maintenance and flight training, is accepting monetary donations to help Bahamas residents devastated by the hurricane.

Savannah Aviation is communicating with people on the ground in the Bahamas to stay up-to-date on what their needs are. The company planned to accept supplies donations up until 5 p.m. on Sept. 12, but thanks to the overwhelming response from the community, their storage facility reached max capacity. Savannah Aviation will ensure the remaining donations they have stored in the facility get to victims.

News 3’s Claire Going flew to the Bahamas with Savannah Aviation to deliver the first drop of supplies. READ MORE HERE.

If you would like to help Savannah Aviation help those in need, consider a monetary donation to offset transportation costs. You can donate on their GoFundMe page or contact the United Way and specify donations for Savannah Aviation Hurricane Relief. For questions, contact Joe Rodriguez (757-329-0266).

Check the Savannah Aviation Facebook page for more available locations and their GoFundMe page to make a monetary donation.

Savannah Aviation also says that they will be flying anyone who needs to come back from the Bahamas. They will transport anyone who needs to evacuate back to the mainland or any U.S. citizens back to Florida.

Panhandle Slim

Savannah’s own Panhandle Slim has contributed his work to a t-shirt. The proceeds will be donated to the National Association of the Bahamas Hurricane Relief Fund.

To order a tee, CLICK HERE.

The Original Crab Shack

The restaurant responsible for infusing Caribbean rhythms into St. Patrick’s Day parades in Chatham County is working to help those performers in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. Barabbas Woodside’s Junkanoo tribe has been a fixture in Tybee Island and Savannah Parades for 17 years, now some of those performers are among the 70,000 left homeless in the Bahamas.

Jack Flanigan, co-owner of The Original Crab Shack on Tybee Island first recruited the Junkanoo and hosts their annual mid-March visit. Initially, Flanigan hoped to organize a clothing drive to help but is changing the nature of the relief effort citing backups in customs.

The Original Crab Shack has now set up a trio of ways to give to help the Junkanoo Tribe that’s added their Bahamian flavor to St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Chatham County:

  • SunTrust Bank: The Barabbas Tribe Junkanoo Tribe Relief Fund
  • Online: thecrabshack.com (click the “donate” link)
  • Telephone: Call The Crab Shack @ (912) 786-7009

News 3’s Martin Staunton spoke with Woodside about the need for donations. READ MORE HERE.

Savannah Responds

Savannah Responds is teaming up with the Chatham County Salvation Army to collect donations to send to the islands affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. See our latest story for more information.

Richmond Hill Fire Department Station 1

The Richmond Hill Fire Department is partnering with EOM and holding a supply drive for the Bahamas until Friday, September 20. Drop off locations are City Hall (40 Richard Davis Drive) and Richmond Hill Fire Department Station 1 (9964 Ford Avenue).

Daniel Defense

North Bryan County Firearms Manufacturer, Daniel Defense, is inviting members of the community to take part in a Donation Drop-off for Hurricane Dorian Victims in the Bahamas. The Drop-off event will take place Monday, September 9 through Friday, September 13.

All donations can be dropped off at the Daniel Defense guard shack from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM September 9 through September 13. Daniel Defense’s physical address is 1334 Oracal Parkway, Ellabel, Georgia, 31308. For more info or questions, please contact HR@danieldefense.com.

Terminal Investment Corporation (TICO)

TICO is partnering with Mediterranean Shipping Company to ship relief items directly to victims in the Bahamas. TICO is supplying a 30KW generator and accepting donations from the community.

Supplies can be dropped off at the TICO headquarters at 746 Wheaton Street in Savannah on Monday, Sept. 16.

Supplies needed include basic necessities such as medicine, non perishable foods, personal hygiene products, along with cleaning supplies, tools and work supplies, pet supplies, and more.

The Landings Club with Savannah Gives Back

The Landings Club will host a fundraising event to benefit Hurricane Dorian victims in the Bahamas with Savannah Gives Back on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

The fundraising event will be Tuesday at the Plantation Clubhouse at the Landings Club (1 Cottonwood Drive) from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $150 a person and can be purchased by calling 912-598-3535 or e-mailing melissa.farrell@landingsclub.com.

The event will feature live entertainment from Danielle Hicks, the Bokei steel drum duo and Kristin King and Ricardo. Tickets also include drinks and station-style dinner with tasting plates by Savannah Golf Club, Atlantic, Pacci Italian Kitchen and more.

One hundred percent of proceeds will go to a donor fund set up by The Abaco Club, a private, residential club on Great Abaco Island. Of the 178 affected employees of The Abaco Club, 100 of them completely lost their homes during the storm.

News 3 will continue to update this list with donation locations. Have one to share? Email us here.

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